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UDW Seabed Discharge of Produced Water and/or Solids

2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 09121-3100-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Dec. 3, 2010 End Date: June 1, 2012
RPSEA PM: Don Richardson Principal Investigator: Timothy Daigle
Subcontractor: Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
Project Objectives:

This is the first study into understanding the feasibility of discharging produced water and/or solids at the seabed. Produced Water today is treated on topside platforms and onshore. This study will look at the latest and most proven produced water treatment techniques in the offshore industry and evaluate its potential use subsea.

Displacement & Mixing in Subsea Jumpers Experimental Data and CFD Simulations

2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 09121-3300-02 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Dec. 14, 2010 End Date: Dec. 13, 2012
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Michael Volk
Subcontractor: The University of Tulsa
Project Objectives:

The objective of the project is to conduct an experimental and computational study of the mixing and displacement phenomena that take place during hydrate inhibition of jumper type configurations using MEG and methanol, as well as to determine how these findings help in preventing hydrate formation in jumper type configurations.

Autonomous Inspection of Subsea Facilities

2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 09121-3300-05 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Sept. 10, 2010 End Date: April 30, 2012
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Dan McLeod
Subcontractor: Lockheed Martin Corporation
Project Objectives:

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are becoming more capable and reliable. Implementation of AUV-based IRM in ultra-deepwater fields will provide game-changing improvements in cost, performance, safety and reliability that will enable cost effective production of these smaller deepwater fields. Industry advances in autonomy used on Unmanned Ground and Air vehicles may be transitioned to existing AUVs enabling the capability to perform autonomous inspections and light intervention. Incremental demonstration of such AUV capabilities will be required to convince Field Operators that the reliability, safety, and capabilities of these systems are acceptable for deepwater operations.

High Resolution 3D Laser Imaging for Inspection, Maintenance, Repair and Operations

2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 09121-3300-06 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Jan. 19, 2011 End Date: Dec. 12, 2014
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Carl Embry
Subcontractor: 3D at Depth, LLC
Project Objectives:

The objectives of the project include the development of a fully operational sensor to scan targets in a pool environment and then integrate with the power and communications from an industry leading ROV. This will validate the capabilities of underwater laser imaging to collect accurate 3 dimensional data of objects which are representative of those found in deep water oil and gas production systems.

 

 

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Sensors and Processing for Pipe, Riser, Structure and Equipment Inspection to Provide Detailed Measurements, Corrosion Detection, Leak Detection and/or Detection of Heat Plumes from Degraded Pipeline Insulation

2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 09121-3300-08 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Dec. 14, 2010 End Date: Nov. 9, 2015
RPSEA PM: Don Richardson Principal Investigator: Lee Thompson
Subcontractor: Blueview Technologies Inc
Project Objectives:

Pursue development of ROV-based and/or AUV-based acoustic metrology and inspection sensor capabilities for underwater structures such as pipelines, risers, platforms, and equipment to make detailed physical measurements of underwater structures, and/or detect and identify external corrosion, pitting, and biologic fouling, and/or detect and quantify gas or petroleum product leaks, and/or detect heat plumes resulting from cracked or degraded pipeline insulation.

Development of Carbon Nanotube Composite Cables for Ultra-Deepwater Oil and Gas Fields

2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 09121-3300-10 Project Status: completed
Start Date: April 25, 2011 End Date: May 31, 2014
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Terry Holesinger
Subcontractor: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Project Objectives:

The objectives of the project are to double the electrical conductivity of carbon nanotube - copper composites utilizing the new Acoustic Flow Cytometry and/or Acoustically Engineered Materials techniques. Once accomplished, a method will be developed to scale up the composites’ length, and the composite length will be extended to 100 meters while maintaining (or improving) other physical characteristics and physical properties.

Intelligent Production System for Ultra-Deepwater with Short Hop Wireless Power and Wireless Data Transfer for Lateral Production Control and Optimization

2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 09121-3500-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2011 End Date: March 28, 2013
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Paul Tubel
Subcontractor: Tubel LLC
Project Objectives:

The objective is to develop a safe system to optimize production for deployment in multilateral wells and increasing the life of the wells while decreasing the production costs. It will provide remote flow control capabilities inside the laterals using an electric, ultra-low power choke system with production data collection capability in real time.

Fatigue Testing of Shrink-Fit Riser Connection for High Pressure Ultra-Deepwater Risers

2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 09121-3500-02 Project Status: completed
Start Date: April 3, 2011 End Date: Sept. 30, 2012
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Simon Luffrum
Subcontractor: Subsea Riser Products
Project Objectives:

The objective of this project was to make “project ready” the connection of steel riser components using a thermal Shrink-Fit assembly method by hydro-test and resonant fatigue testing. The Shrink-Fit connection is a technology that facilitates the fabrication of riser joints from high and ultra-high strength steel (80 - 130 ksi), for which welding may not be preferred.

Deepwater Subsea Test Tree and Intervention Riser System

2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 09121-3500-07 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2011 End Date: July 31, 2014
RPSEA PM: Don Richardson Principal Investigator: Bill Parks
Subcontractor: DTC International, Inc.
Project Objectives:

The objectives of this project are to develop a certified, ready to fabricate design for a subsea test tree (SSTT) and intervention riser system (IRS) as part of a fully integrated Subsea Well Intervention System (SWIS) that is capable of performing both thru-drilling riser intervention operations and open water riser intervention operations on subsea wells in water depths up to 12,000 feet and at working pressures up to 20,000 psig and working temperatures up to 350 °F.

Gyroscope Guidance Sensor for Ultra-Deepwater Applications

2009 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 09121-3500-10 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2011 End Date: Sept. 24, 2013
RPSEA PM: Don Richardson Principal Investigator: Chopin Hua
Subcontractor: Laserlith Corporation
Project Objectives:

The development of an inertial guidance system for directional drilling, based on MEMS gyroscope technology. This device will be located behind the drill bit.

 

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